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2016 90-Day Peninsula Hotel Study
The Charleston region, with the City’s preserved historic peninsula at its center, is a nationally recognized travel destination, receiving an estimated 5.15 million visitors annually. The hospitality industries are significant component of Charleston’s economy, providing a wide spectrum of employment and generating significant tax revenues.

Tourism pressures and hotel development downtown also pose challenges to the City. Key among them are the displacement of residential and office uses, the potentially negative impacts to residents’ quality of life as we struggle to accommodate an increasing number of transient visitors efficiently, and, if allowed to proceed unabated—too many hotels built too quickly may risk compromising the City’s prized sense of place. Balancing these concerns requires constant attention and careful planning.

On February 23, 2016, with these concerns in mind, Mayor Tecklenburg and Charleston City Council members directed the Department of Planning, Preservation & Sustainability (PP&S) to initiate a 90-day study of hotel development on the Peninsula. 

The purpose of the 90-day Hotel Study was to assess the impact of existing and potential hotel uses as it relates to maintaining a balance of uses on the Peninsula and to maintaining the ambiance and character of the Peninsula as a diverse, attractive place to live, work, recreate, visit and invest, and to formulate recommendations for consideration by City Council as to where, and under what circumstances hotel uses should be permitted. The following report is a summary of that study.